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K-State Today

March 29, 2018

Get paid to evaluate pork

Submitted by Lauren Prill

Kansas State University’s meat science program is looking for groups in the community — churches, 4-H clubs, youth sports clubs, schools, etc. —  to gather interested members to participate in pork visual appraisal panels. Participants will be paid for their involvement. The panels are related to graduate student research projects.

Participating groups are asked to recruit and provide groups of eight individual consumers for sessions. Sessions last approximately one hour and take place in Weber Hall. Each participant will answer questions about pork chops within the session. Participants also will be asked to voluntarily answer a few questions along with evaluating the meat. Participants must be 18-65 and consume meat at least once per week.

Upon completion of the tasting session, each participant will receive $20 cash paid directly to the individual. Interested groups may sign up for as many sessions as they wish, provided each participant only participates one time per semester. All session groups must be a complete group of eight before we can start the panel, as this is dictated by the design of the study.

The panels are filled on a first-come first-served basis. To facilitate scheduling, interested groups are asked to sign up for panels on the earliest available date as possible. To schedule a time, contact Lauren Prill at meatscience@k-state.edu

All information collected is confidential and your participation is completely voluntary. You can quit at any time without any penalty. You can skip any questions on the sensory ballot that you don’t feel comfortable answering. Your name will not be collected or associated with any of your answers.

Please feel free to pass this information along to any groups in the community who may be interested. The current study is set to involve more than 600 participants, so help is needed in recruiting interested groups. 

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